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Botswana mining sector on the rebound

By: Halima Frost     27th May 2022 The Botswana mining sector is on the rebound, following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the sustained period of subdued commodities prices from 2015 to 2019, industry organisation Botswana Chamber of Mines CEO Charles Siwawa tells Mining Weekly. He adds that the rebound can be... 

Renewed interest in drill observed

27th May 2022 Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has noted a renewed interest in its Sandvik DD422i, the next-generation mining jumbo with a range of automatic drilling functions, from tier one mining contractors operating at high-production mines in South Africa, Botswana and... 

A large red underground mining automatic drilling rig supplied by Sandvik which is being taken up by the Southern African market again
AUTOMATIC CHOICE The renewed interest in Sandvik's DD422i automatic drill is owing to African mines consistently turning to modern technologies to run more efficient operations

Mining industry sees positive developments

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th May 2022 There have been positive developments in the mining sector regarding health and safety standards, particularly with the establishment of the global industry standard on tailings management (GISTM), says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. The GISTM relates... 

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CHRIS CAMPBELL Cesa’s School of Consulting Engineering offers online and in-person training and teaches skills including people management, financial management, contract management and interpersonal skills

Alliance promotes citizen-owned firms in fuel

27th May 2022 In a ground-breaking development for the Botswana oil and gas industry, leading diamond producer Debswana and national oil body Botswana Oil have entered a strategic partnership that is aimed at capacitating citizen-owned companies in the fuel supply value chain. Through the agreement, Botswana... 

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FILL 'ER UP The partnership between Debswana and Botswana Oil will capacitate citizen-owned companies in the fuel supply value chain

Demo plant, feasibility studies progressing

27th May 2022 Manganese development company Giyani Metals announced progress on its demonstration (demo) plant and feasibility study (FS) for its Botswana-based manganese oxide project, the K.Hill project, and on exploration and corporate activities, in March. At the time, Giyani said that the design of the... 

A team of mine staff working on test drilling and studies at the owned by Giyani Metals K.Hill project in Botswana
DIGGING FOR RESULTS The feasibility studies and demonstration plant at the K.Hill project owned by Giyani Metals in Botswana is making progress

JV stalls, but still on offer

27th May 2022 Diamond exploration company Botswana Diamonds (BOD) announced earlier this month that, despite intensive advanced and ongoing discussions with interested parties, the board has been unable to secure a new joint venture (JV) partner to acquire the Ghaghoo mine, in Botswana before the extended... 

A mine vehicle moving into the mouth of the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana which is up on offer by Gem Diamonds
GOING GOING GHAGHOO Botswana Diamonds continues ts discussions with potential JV partners to acquire the Ghaghoo mine in Botswana

South Africa must reform its regulatory environment, make itself investor-friendly – simple  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 South Africa must reform its regulatory environment and make itself investor-friendly – simple. That is the straight-forward view of Dr Mathews Phosa, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in his capacity as the non-executive vice-chairperson of the high-flying Jubilee Metals Group plc, a London Aim-... 

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Jubilee's Dr Mathews Phosa interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.

NUM wants CEOs charged for every injury or fatality

By: Darren Parker     25th May 2022 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Health and Safety Committee (Nahsco) has said there is a reluctance from government to prosecute CEOs for their companies’ non-compliance with the Mine Health and Safety Act, stating that CEOs should be criminally charged for any injury or loss of life on... 

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Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead  

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that offers the potential for South Africa to enter the fray as world demand for hydrogen electrolysers... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Four miners found dead in flooded Burkina Faso mine

By: Reuters     25th May 2022 The bodies of four miners out of eight that had been missing have been found at a zinc mine in Burkina Faso owned by Trevali Mining Corp that flooded on April 16, the government said in a statement on Wednesday. 

Dwyka gets its clients hands on technology to showcase capability

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2022 In its endeavours to “make tech tangible”, mining technology company Dwyka Mining Services hosted a mining technology showcase on May 18 to get clients and potential future clients physical hands-on technology to help them understand its capability and potential. Dwyka MD Jamie van Schoor says... 

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Dwyka Mining Services MD Jamie van Schoor with a DJI Matrice drone and Hovermap payload at Dwyka's Midrand offices

Lithium pilot plant in Namibia scheduled for this year – AfriTin 

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2022 An engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor has been appointed to design and construct a lithium pilot processing plant at the Uis mine in Namibia, technology metals mining company AfriTin Mining stated on Tuesday. This follows metallurgical test work results of the... 

AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen.
AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen.

Sevenfold increase in yearly clean hydrogen needed to hit 2050 net-zero target  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2022 Annual production of clean hydrogen would need to increase more than sevenfold for the world to hit net zero in 2050, say the leading founders of McKinsey & Company’s platform for climate technologies, Bernd Heid of Cologne, Martin Linder of Munich, and Mark Patel of San Francisco, who add that... 

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South Africa's sun and wind can contribute to crucial job creation.

Two employees of mining contractor Barminco killed in accident at Khoemacau

By: Darren Parker     23rd May 2022 Two employees of Australian mining contractor Barminco died in an underground incident at copper miner Khoemacau Copper Mining’s operations, in Botswana, on May 20. On May 21, Khoemacau said investigations into the cause of the accident were ongoing. 

Khoemacau CEO Johan Ferreira
Khoemacau CEO Johan Ferreira

Critical mineral demand of order of magnitude never seen – Sheila Khama  

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2022 "My genuine sense is that we are going to see a growth in the mining sector of an order of magnitude we haven't seen. I also think that we're going to find that the need for minerals is going to force the world to think that if we can't get minerals on our shore, where else do we get them from? 

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Mining stalwart Sheila Khama spoke to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on critical metals. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Europe gives another lofty boost to green hydrogen, electrolyser targets

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2022 The European Commission this week took firm steps to again boost green hydrogen production and electrolyser manufacture amid sharply rising consumption targets. The commission’s latest RePowerEU proposals include the raising of its 2030 renewable hydrogen consumption targets for industry to 75%,... 

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Renewable hydrogen consumption targets elevated.

Collaboration needed to make South African mining globally competitive again – CSIR 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2022 Concern about mineral resource scarcity is widespread and, at the same time, many countries, such as Australia, Canada and China, are investing significantly in strengthening their mining-related research, development and innovation (RDI) capabilities. “This makes cost and differentiation... 

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CSIR CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini

Law firm drawing on giga-scale hydrogen project experience to derisk new ventures  

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2022 Lack of expertise about getting giga-scale hydrogen projects off the ground is a big problem in the industry, say Allen & Overy South Africa’s Alessandra Pardini and Alexandra Cluver, who believe they know how best it should be done from experience gained through project managing three of the... 

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International law firm speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on giga-scale hydrogen projects. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

Business personalities Kgatle, Van der Burgh form new mining JV

By: Darren Parker     17th May 2022 Business personalities Lucky Kgatle and Quinton van der Burgh have jointly incorporated a new joint venture (JV) named Tlou Commodities, which is aimed at engaging and growing the local mining sector. The JV will pursue the establishment of a successful and sustainable coal and metal conglomerate... 

Business personalities Quinton van der Burgh and Lucky Kgatle
Business personalities Quinton van der Burgh and Lucky Kgatle

Things looking interesting for platinum despite surplus  

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2022 What the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) is forecasting for 2022 is a reduced but still large platinum surplus of 627 000 oz. But this surplus is extremely vulnerable to the issues the WPIC thinks may play out, particularly: 

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World Platinum Investment Council Research Director interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video Darlene Creamer.

Families desperately await news of Burkina miners trapped for 26 days

By: Reuters     13th May 2022 The families of eight missing miners in Burkina Faso desperately awaited news from rescue teams continuing on Thursday to locate the men who have been stuck underground for 26 days. There has been no communication with the miners since they were trapped more than 500 metres (1,640 ft) below... 

Certainty over closure needed

By: Cameron Mackay     13th May 2022 The current version of the National Mine Closure Strategy, released for comment by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in May 2021, aims to improve the efficiency of water management at mine sites and develop a post-closure mine water strategy. Environmental organisation the... 

Organisation stresses need for long-term AMD solution

By: Cameron Mackay     13th May 2022 Environmental organisation the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) stresses the need for a long-term solution to treat acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Witwatersrand goldfields. FSE CEO Mariette Liefferink says failure to implement such a solution may lead to an increase of the salt... 

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ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES AMD is associated with surface and groundwater pollution, soil quality degradation, harming aquatic sediments and fauna, and enabling metals to seep into the environment

Electricity, water supply, safety concerns dent Harmony’s third-quarter performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th May 2022 Electricity disruptions and water supply constraints contributed to a difficult production environment at the South African operations of Harmony Gold for the three months ended March 31. Production for the quarter – the third of its 2022 financial year – decreased by 11% quarter-on-quarter to... 

Large-scale gold miners should help legitimate artisanal miners access formal markets

By: Darren Parker     12th May 2022 While a large proportion of artisanal or small-scale gold mining (ASGM) in Africa is illegitimate, companies operating in the large-scale gold mining (LSGM) sector in Africa should work to support responsible and legitimate ASGM operations wherever feasible and help them access the formal global... 

World Gold Council CFO Terry Heymann
World Gold Council CFO Terry Heymann

Minerals Council assures it has a strong focus on safety and health in the mining industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th May 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa gave a strong assurance, at a media briefing at the Mining Indaba 2022 conference in Cape Town on Wednesday, that it was acting to halt and reverse the regression in mine safety in South Africa that had taken place over the past three or so years. “Nearly half of... 

Minimum of 14 000 jobs a year from South Africa’s first hydrogen corridor 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2022 South Africa’s first hydrogen corridor now under development has the potential to generate a minimum of 14 000 jobs, $400-million in gross domestic product and $900-million in taxes a year by 2050. In an addition, there is potential to grow platinum group metal (PGM) demand by between 1% to 2%... 

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Minerals Council hydrogen briefing from left Allan Seccombe, Roger Baxter and Fahmida Smith.

Minerals Council spells out members’ commitment to climate change mitigation 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2022 Members of Minerals Council South Africa have agreed to commit to a climate change response strategy that will reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions and achieve a net zero emission by 2050 or earlier. Minerals Council South Africa senior health and environment executive Nikisi Lesufi on Tuesday... 

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Minerals Council South Africa senior health and environment executive Nikisi Lesufi, closest right, with Minerals Council's Allan Seccombe, left.

South Africa keen to harness hydrogen economy opportunities, President Ramaphosa tells Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2022 It was just amazing to see the innovation that the mining industry is capable of scaling up, President Cyril Ramaphosa told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in his enthusiastic address on Tuesday. “Last week, I attended the launch by Anglo American of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Four miners killed in incident at Harmony's Kusasalethu mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2022 Four Harmony Gold employees were killed in an infrastructure maintenance-related incident at the Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, on May 7. The families and relevant authorities were immediately informed and the affected area has been closed, pending an in-loco investigation. 

Gangs stealing cables miles underground torment South African platinum mines

By: Bloomberg     9th May 2022 South African miners are battling a growing threat miles underground in the world’s deepest platinum shafts: Gangs stealing copper cables and disrupting operations. Enticed by high copper prices, thieves are sneaking in, descending deep underground and setting up camp among vast networks of... 

Green hydrogen can be produced in South Africa immediately, coal conference hears

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2022 The generation of green hydrogen is achievable in South Africa immediately and is not a complicated process, Sasol just transition office head David Kawesha said on Friday. “You just need the renewable energy resource, electrolysers to split water, and that’s really what the basic process is,”... 

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McCloskey's Southern African Coal Conference panel from left moderator Randy Fabi, Tracey Davies, Steve Nicholls, Jan Oberholzer and David Kawesha.

Council welcomes zero fall of ground fatalities in gold, PGMs sectors in the first quarter

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa reports that, in a historic first, there were no fatalities related to falls of ground (FoG) – one of global mining’s most difficult challenges – in South Africa’s gold and platinum group metals (PGM) mines in the first quarter of this year. “This impressive... 

As drone deployment continues to expand, miners unearth whole-of-mine uses

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2022 The use of drones and ground-based robotics is evolving to such an extent locally that various companies are using them in all aspects of their operations, which is resulting in “bun fights” about which department gets to use the devices and payloads, says Dwyka Mining Services MD Jamie van... 

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World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

Qld launches hydrogen safety code

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th May 2022 The Queensland government on Wednesday launched a draft safety code of practice for the emerging green hydrogen industry. The draft code proposes alternate means of achieving a safe outcome where existing obligations in the current legislation are problematic for hydrogen fuel applications. 

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South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium status to world that needs this very rare metal  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2022 South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium supply status to gain the full confidence of a world that requires this very rare platinum group metal (PGM) to advance the fast-moving hydrogen economy. Iridium is a potent co-roleplayer with PGM stalwart platinum when it comes to... 

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SFA Oxford CEO Henk de Hoop interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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